Seaham Harbour Marina has reported a successful first summer. Since opening at the start of May, the Marina has attracted thousands of visitors, visiting yachts from foreign shores and the Lookout café has traded beyond expectations.
At regular times over the holiday period the marina and beach attracted more than 2,000 visitors per day.
The heritage centre that now displays the restored George Elmy lifeboat has more than 5,000 signatures in the visitor’s book and a large number of school visits.
A number of visiting craft have stayed more than two nights at the marina, with craft coming from as far afield as as Germany, Holland and Denmark. But the Marina has also proved popular along the North East coast, with recommendations and return visitors from Blyth, Scarborough, Whitby, Hartlepool and Grimsby.
More than 30 of the 77 pontoons have now been taken and interest remains high as the friendly and welcoming reputation of the marina continues to grow.
Due to the popularity of the facilities additional car parking arrangements are being put in place and continued to be improved along with other additional facilities in the pipeline such as the introduction of boat storage and maintenance facility.
The owner of the Lookout café, Mark Milroy: “We have been delighted by the success. Since our opening in may we have welcomed more than 20,000 customers through our doors.
“In only four months word of mouth has spread, and thanks to fantastic feedback, over one thousand likes on Facebook and our breathtaking location we look forward to continued success and a growing customer base for the future.”
A spokesman for the Marina said: “The popularity of the marina so far provides a great opportunity for new or growing business.
“Our ambition is to create a thriving destination and hope that interest from a range of proposals is forthcoming including; office, retail, motor boat repair, angling supplies, chandlers, water sports, wet fish sales, craft and leisure related businesses.”
The marina has business support advice available for people thinking of starting a business for the first time.
And units are now available to let at the Waterside building, with the Marina reporting flexible terms available by negotiation.